On 12/29/2012 11:34 AM, Roger Clough wrote:
Hi Stephen P. King

There was also a wise italian philosopher centuries ago who
had a major premiss, namely, that the only way to
fully understand something is to construct it.

Dear Roger,

Yes, we must construct it for ourselves to fully understand it. I cannot construct it for others, thus my method is as it is. I am merely attempting to be consistent. ;-)


[Roger Clough], [rclo...@verizon.net]
12/29/2012
"Forever is a long time, especially near the end." - Woody Allen
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From: Stephen P. King
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Time: 2012-12-29, 11:11:50
Subject: Re: Show me, don't tell me


On 12/29/2012 10:09 AM, Roger Clough wrote:

Hi Bruno Marchal

I'm trying to recall (but can't) a particular author
who often writes what appears to be a text, but it's
really only an introduction. He never gets to the point
he seemed to be headed toward.

Others seem to have gone to the same composition class.
I have read entire books where the author talks "about"
a subject, but never gets to the meat of the subject.

IMHO the only crucial rule of composition (or of writing a play
or a poem or a letter or any essay) to me is

"Show me, don't tell me".

Dear Roger,

    Are ideas actual objects *in the world* outside of us or are they purely internal mental 
constructs?  Have you ever seen the expression: "Don't look at the finger, look at what it is 
pointing."? We must never forget that a representation of an idea is itself an idea... A 
remark about a remark about a remark, is still a remark and has meaning - if one can grasp it... I 
was trying to illustrate a concept, to "show it"...

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Onward!

Stephen



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Onward!

Stephen


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